Shirley Ruth Beanland, 80, formerly of Collinsville, Ill., born November 7, 1935, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, in Glen Carbon, Ill.
Shirley was a baker, school bus driver, a Great Mother and Grandmother. She believed in and supported the National Audobon Society and the Defense of Wildlife and was a member of United Methodist Church of Collinsville, Ill.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruth Hilder Elizabeth, nee Johnson, Umstattd Jr.; her husband, Howard D. Beanland, whom she married June 6, 1954; one son-in-law, Steve Niemaczek; and one brother William "Bill" Umstattd.
She is survived by her children, Roger W. (Linda) Beanland, Cheryl A. (late husband, Steve) Niemaczek, Ralph E. (Linda) Beanland, Carol D. (Scott) Smith, Dr. Rex H. (Dr. Sarah Schaffner) Beanland, and Ron D. (Christine) Beanland; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a brother, Richard (Chrys) Umstattd; and sister-in-law, Marjorie (late husband, Bill) Umstattd; and her feline companion, Sara.
Memorials may be made to Partners for Pets, Granite City APA or the National Audobon Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.sunsethillcemetery.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Sunset Hill Funeral Home, Glen Carbon, Ill. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Glen Carbon, Ill.
SUNSET HILL FUNERAL HOME, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 30, 2015